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« Reply #15 on: March 24, 2015, 05:10:40 AM »

These responses are making me add even more books to my list.  Someone has got to carve more than 24 hours out of the day.  I love this idea and can't wait to check out maby of this tomes.

I hope everyone on CdM participates  If yo guys think it's good, I want to read it..

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« Reply #16 on: April 15, 2015, 02:46:53 PM »

The Stars My Destination, by Alfred Bester

His Dark Materials (Golden Compass, Subtle Knife, Amber Spyglass), Phillip Pullman

Moby Dick, Herman Melville

Siddhartha, Herman Hesse

Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts

Sex at Dawn,  Cacilda Jeth and Christopher Ryan

The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

The Odyssey and the Illiad, Homer

The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien

The Way Things Work, David Macaulay

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« Reply #17 on: April 15, 2015, 08:00:34 PM »

From looking at your tumbler, Luke, I'm surprised "The Once and Future King" isn't on your list.

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« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2015, 03:04:28 PM »

Ah! It is :-) Or should be. This is the problem with lists...
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« Reply #19 on: July 26, 2015, 07:48:47 PM »

1.  Little Men- L.M. Alcott (sequel to LW.)
2.  A. Round-Heeled Woman -Jane Juska
3.  Good Omens - Neil Gaiman
4.  Waiting to Exhale, Mama -Terry McMillan
5.  The Forever War -Joe Haldeman
6.  The Alchemist, Brida (any of Paolo Coelho's works)
7.  All the Cathy Guisewite comic collections
8.  The Year of Magical Thinking - Joan Didion
9.  Some Soul to Keep - J. California Cooper (any of her works - fantastic storyteller)
10. My Secret Garden - Nancy Friday
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« Reply #20 on: August 02, 2015, 06:47:52 AM »

These are books that have stayed with me and aren't necessarily my favourites. They had an impact on the way I think and life in general I suppose. Without further adieu and in no particular order:

1. The Fifth Sacred Thing - Starhawk
2. Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
3. War and Peace - Tolstoy
4. The Diary of Anne Frank - Anne Frank
5. Roots - Alex Haley
6. Domination & Submission: The BDSM Relationship Handbook - Michael Makai
7. Story of O - Anne Desclos
8. Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer. I included them together because they're one piece really.
9. The Woman's Room - Marilyn French
10. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

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« Reply #21 on: August 02, 2015, 09:05:42 AM »

7. Story of O - Anne Desclos



Though it was written in 1950s,it's still considered as an intense one today  :)
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« Reply #22 on: August 02, 2015, 10:36:35 AM »

7. Story of O - Anne Desclos



Though it was written in 1950s,it's still considered as an intense one today  :)

I found it in my mother's dresser when she was out one evening and hid it underneath my mattress. It opened up a whole new world to me. I was amazed... :o
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« Reply #23 on: February 25, 2016, 10:25:53 AM »

Well, you can count on a new member to bring back old topics and dust them off... Cough cough...  ::) ;D

It's impressive to see how people here are of a cultured nature and of broad horizons, able to have discussions about truly anything! :)

Here are my 10 titles... It was hard to choose, as I'm a compulsive reader with very different interests, but really fun to question myself as to why they were important to me... I wasn't able to place them in any particular order though, the numbers don't fit their importance.

1) Earth's children series, by Jean M. Auel
Okay, I once considered this one as a masterpiece, but as books were added it clearly was becoming a money-maker. Cliche characters, that are usually defined as "Mary Sue" and "Gary Stu" in the book-writing community.
However, this is THE book that was responsible for my sexual awakening. Considering I first put my hands on this series at 9yo, it is also responsible for setting my expectations about guys waaaaay too high. I would even have said unrealistic and unattainable until I met with a fine gent from here, who clearly demonstrated to me that sometimes reality could be much, much better than fiction! Love and sex in the cavemen times, who on here wouldn't like to read such a series? LOL

2) Animals in translation, by Temple Grandin.
Wow. This one overwhelmed me, ans as much as I usually go through a book under 1 or 2 days reading, it took me over a month to finish it.
Temple Grandin is a renowned animal behaviour specialist, and she is also a autistic person. There's been a movie about her life, a good movie. She uses the peculiarities of her autistic mind to relate to the way animals see life and go through it, and makes brilliant interpretations of the ways they react to basic emotions such as fear or pleasure.
The reason why it was so hard to read is that every one of her chapters goes so deeply in the human mind as well as the animal mind that it shattered many beliefs and notions I took for granted about life. Trauma. Fears. Behavior modification, in humans as well as animals, why we do what we do on the deeper levels, and how changing the way we act can deeply affect others around us.

3) Don't shoot the dog, by Karen Pryor.
Bought this one under much recommandations to improve my understanding of animal training, but finally it turned my whole world upside down considering human relationships. How to relate to people using positive reinforcement rather than being punitive and difficult, and how it improved everyone's lives, myself included. Totally changed the glasses I was wearing and how I looked at people, as well as animals, around me.

4) The trilogy of evil, by Maxime Chattam
This one is a French author, and I sure hope it's been translated to English. Three police/horror books centered around weird murders and a detective working the cases. The author is walking on the fine line between reality and fiction, and it's not until you reach the end of the books that you finally known what you are faced with. Brilliant and very entertaining.

5) A song of ice and dragons, by Georges RR Martin
Ok, yes, this is a mainstream consumer series, I know. But I love it nonetheless! I love the way it's written, the choices of words, the fearlessness of its author to mow through his main characters and send them to their demise in a very infuriating way.
However what I love about this series is how each character is multi-facetted and complex. We stray far away from the regular, black or white, good or bad guys. We may start the books with clearly defined lists of characters we hate and love, but then somethings comes up and there are more and more shades of grey in every personality, some that I loved fell out of my favour only to grow on me later again, some that I hated at first finally became my favorites. Although it's a fantasy, the author put together one of the most realistic story where human relationships and inner beings are concerned. I can't get enough of it.

6) The Lord of the Rings, by Tolkien
This book is a gem, if only by the delicious way its author plays with language and words.

7) The Vampire Lestat series, by Anne Rice
Going back to sexual awakening here... LOL yeah what is it with vampires that is such a turn on, hey? I wonder...

8) The pillars of the earth, by Ken Follet
The realities of men in the time of the cathedrals. The effects of religion and power on the lives of ordinary people. Dreams and illusions of grandeur. How nothing changed in the history of men... A series of books to immerge myself in for a few days, without sleeping or moving an inch.

9) The goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
Absolute descent in a personal hell and slow, difficult climb back toward light that may or may not succeed, all put into movement by a childhood trauma. Very interesting insight on the resilience of a human mind, not a rose-colored book in any way. It's rare to see an author take such a path but it's delightful.

10) The Millenium trilogy, by Steig Larsen (and no, the 4th book doesn't have a place on here!)
Once again, a mix of detective work and insight on human nature... I think I like books that make me reflect about human nature...
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